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Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office personnel were at the scene of a glider crash at the Bend Airport on Tuesday.

A 65-year old Bend resident died after a powered glider crashed at Bend Municipal Airport Tuesday afternoon, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Christopher S. McKeage died when his glider crashed and caught fire shortly after takeoff, according to the sheriff’s office. McKeage was the only one in the glider, and the Bend Fire Department extinguished the brush fire before it spread to nearby trees.

Deputies were called to the crash at the northeast section of the airport at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday, according to sheriff’s office spokesperson Sgt. William Bailey.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined by authorities.

Sheriff’s deputies are assisting the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board in investigating the crash, according to the sheriff’s office.

Zack Demars reports for The Bulletin through the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism.

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